Evaluation of the antitumor activity of platinum nanoparticles in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma induced in rats

Tumour Biol. 2017 Jul;39(7):1010428317717259. doi: 10.1177/1010428317717259.


This study aimed to evaluate the antitumor activity of platinum nanoparticles compared with cis-platin both in vitro and in vivo in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma induced in rats. The treatment efficacy of platinum nanoparticles was evaluated by measuring antioxidant activities against oxidative stress caused by diethylnitrosamine in liver tissue. The measurements included reduced glutathione content and superoxide dismutase activity, as well as malondialdehyde level. Liver function tests were also determined, in addition to the evaluation of serum alpha-fetoprotein, caspase-3, and cytochrome c in liver tissue. Total RNA extraction from liver tissue samples was also done for the relative quantification of B-cell lymphoma 2, matrix metallopeptidase 9, and tumor protein p53 genes. Histopathological examination was also performed for liver tissue. Results showed that platinum nanoparticles are more potent than cis-platin in treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma induced by diethylnitrosamine in rats as it ameliorated the investigated parameters toward normal control animals. These findings were well appreciated with histopathological studies of diethylnitrosamine group treated with platinum nanoparticles, suggesting that platinum nanoparticles can serve as a good therapeutic agent for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma which should attract further studies.

Keywords: Hepatocellular carcinoma; cis-platin; diethylnitrosamine; platinum nanoparticles.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / metabolism
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / chemically induced
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / pathology
  • Diethylnitrosamine / toxicity
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / chemically induced
  • Liver Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Liver Neoplasms / genetics
  • Liver Neoplasms / pathology
  • Liver Neoplasms, Experimental / chemically induced
  • Liver Neoplasms, Experimental / drug therapy*
  • Liver Neoplasms, Experimental / genetics
  • Liver Neoplasms, Experimental / pathology
  • Male
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 / biosynthesis
  • Metal Nanoparticles / administration & dosage*
  • Oxidative Stress / drug effects
  • Platinum / administration & dosage*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2 / biosynthesis
  • Rats
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / biosynthesis


  • Antioxidants
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53
  • Diethylnitrosamine
  • Platinum
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 9